Con­si­de­red as being one of the world’s top 50 mo­st in­fluen­tial de­si­gners, win­ner of the World Chan­ging Ideas awards in 2017 and no­mi­na­ted as one of tomorrow’s Glo­bal lea­ders at the world Eco­no­mic Fo­rum, su­per­star Fer­nan­do Ro­me­ro has trans­fer­red flair and

Superyacht - - Design - by Dan­ny Lo

Pre­mie­red at the 2017 Mo­na­co Ya­cht Show, Se77an­ta­set­te at­trac­ted ma­ny vi­si­tors for its original de­si­gn whi­ch breaks away from tra­di­tio­nal sty­li­stic con­cep­ts we are ac­cu­sto­med to. Flo­wing decks’ li­nes whi­ch mer­ge to­ge­ther wi­th no sen­se of con­ti­nui­ty vi­sual­ly crea­te a mo­no­li­thic ya­cht, a sin­gle bo­dy that seems car­ved in­to the struc­tu­re of the boat that re­calls ma­ri­ne ha­bi­tat, a sort of floa­ting pa­la­ce from the fu­tu­re. Af­ter all Fer­nan­do Ro­me­ro foun­der of FREE wi­th plen­ty of pre­vious ex­pe­rien­ce in ar­chi­tec­tu­re and of pro­ven abi­li­ty wi­th pro­ject de­si­gns whi­ch be­ca­me the fo­re­run­ners al­so in terms of en­vi­ron­men­tal su­stai­na­bi­li­ty. Me­xi­co’s mo­st pho­to­gra­phed con­struc­tion on In­sta­gram the Sou­ma­ya Mu­seum as well as Me­xi­co Ci­ty’s new air­port one of the world’s lar­ge­st and su­stai­na­ble pro­jec­ts are bo­th off his dra­wing board. Fur­ther­mo­re Ro­me­ro led his team to win the Hy­per­loop One Glo­bal Chal­len­ge for the pro­ject de­si­gn work per­for­med in Me­xi­co of a fu­tu­ri­stic, sa­fe, re­lia­ble and in ener­ge­tic terms al­so ef­fi­cient tran­sport sy­stem. Se77an­ta­set­te is not then a me­re ae­sthe­ti­cal exer­ci­se, and its in­cep­tion de­ri­ves from ma­ny hours spent en­su­ring that im­por­tant en­gi­nee­ring so­lu­tions be­gin­ning wi­th the lay­out de­di­ca­ted to na­vi­ga­tion equi­p­ment and to the ya­cht’s en­gi­ne rooms would fit in well wi­th its en­ter­pri­sing look. For exam­ple, the ra­dar si­gnal re­cei­vers are in­stal­led out of sight and are well hid­den in­to a glass do­me, spe­cial­ly de­si­gned by Be­net­ti’s en­gi­neers wi­th de­di­ca­ted ma­ri­ne sup­pliers’ in­put so as to en­su­re be­st per­for­man­ce and re­lia­bi­li­ty. Se77an­ta­set­te’s po­wer hou­se is ma­de up of fi­ve va­ria­ble speed Ca­ter­pil­lar ge­ne­ra­tors con­nec­ted to pairs of pods boa­sting coun­ter ro­ta­ting pro­pel­lers sti­mu­la­ted by per­ma­nent ma­gne­tic elec­tric mo­tors. This con­fi­gu­ra­tion trans­la­tes in­to an ap­pre­cia­ble smal­ler en­gi­ne room, set up on one le­vel on­ly it’s been si­tua­ted be­low the lo­wer deck. This trans­la­tes in­to ac­crued spa­ces to guests’ quar­ters. The va­ria­ble

speed gen, se­ts in­stal­led al­so mean that the ya­cht’s main en­gi­ne’s po­wer can be ful­ly ex­ploi­ted whi­le en­su­ring a bet­ter di­stri­bu­tion of weights and a sub­stan­tial re­duc­tion of ex­hau­st fu­mes. Wi­th this con­fi­gu­ra­tion the ya­cht can rea­ch an esti­ma­ted top speed of 16 kno­ts, wi­th a ran­ge of 5,000 nau­ti­cal mi­les at 12 kno­ts. Se77an­ta­set­te fea­tu­res great fle­xi­bi­li­ty in­si­de whi­ch well adap­ts to dif­fe­rent needs. The stern area for exam­ple sports th­ree lar­ge ope­nings whi­ch rea­ch the wa­ter’s ed­ge in­clu­ding a hu­ge ter­ra­ce over­loo­king the sea and al­so a wel­co­ming spa. Clo­sing this area off, it dou­bles as a pri­va­te spot whe­re it is pos­si­ble to en­joy a dip in the pool, re­la­xing mas­sa­ges, wor­king out in the gym or using it for bu­si­ness mee­tings, pri­va­te ga­the­rings in a hi­ghly ex­clu­si­ve con­text whi­ch al­so of­fers a 270° view of the con­tou­ring sce­ne­ry. The in­te­rior vo­lu­mes are su­pe­rior to any other kno­wn ya­cht’s thanks to the vi­sual con­tact con­nec­ting one deck to ano­ther. The cen­tral day­ti­me li­ving area for exam­ple be­co­mes an area spor­ting dou­ble hea­droom. Thanks to this ar­chi­tec­tu­ral see th­rou­gh in­no­va­ti­ve so­lu­tion it can be fur­ni­shed to po­se as a di­ning area, mo­vie room, thea­tre or even a di­sco wi­th a po­wer­ful stro­be light ball and a DJ sta­tion. Night quar­ters fo­re­see ow­ner’s lod­gings along the main deck on a 100 squa­re me­tre sur­fa­ce in­si­de ma­de up of a walk in war­dro­be, lar­ge ba­th­room fa­ced in mar­ble wi­th se­pa­ra­te sho­wer cor­ner and wa­ter clo­set, a stu­dy/of­fi­ce wi­th la­te­st ge­ne­ra­tion tech­no­lo­gy plus 140 squa­re me­tres of pri­va­te deck spa­ce outside. The pri­va­te deck spa­ce area is fur­ni­shed wi­th com­for­ta­ble so­fas, a 1.5 me­tre deep swim­ming pool whi­ch when co­ve­red over can dou­ble as a tou­ch n’ go ‘cop­ter - pad. Two VIP gue­st sui­tes sport pri­va­te ter­ra­ces fit­ted wi­th a te­le­sco­pic sy­stem, and four ca­bins for a to­tal of ten beds. One of the ya­cht’s mo­st ex­clu­si­ve, in­ti­ma­te spo­ts is the ob­ser­va­to­ry si­tua­ted abo­ve eve­ry­thing el­se. It fea­tu­res pro­tec­ti­ve 8.5 me­tre long shock proof glass shee­ts for­ming a do­me. The uprights con­tain air con­di­tio­ning duc­ts by whi­ch to con­trol tem­pe­ra­tu­re and hu­mi­di­ty at all ti­mes. By night the do­me can dou­ble as a rea­li­ty aug­men­ted screen con­trol­led by voi­ce com­mands and mo­ve­ment sen­sors. Vin­cen­zo Boe­rio Be­net­ti’s CEO com­men­ted on this la­te­st chal­len­ge:

Vin­cen­zo Poe­rio

Fer­nan­do Ro­me­ro

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